My Happiness Project

I just finished reading the The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin and am inspired to change small aspects of my life.

chandler jumping

I love the practical suggestions for a simpler, happier life. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a quick, easy read! There are aspects of the book that I find problematic (yes, Gretchin’s life is much easier than the average person) but some of her suggestions resonated with me as smart ways to increase my happiness. I started a Pinterest board to keep track of these ideas, and would love for you to join me in this project by creating your own board!

  • Be Chandler
  • The days are long but the years are short
  • What’s fun for other people might not be fun for you and vice-versa
  • Clean out my closets

Clothes to donate

I am a perpetual (self-identified) hoarder. I am pretty sure it runs in my family. Gretchen’s book and my impending move inspired me to start cleaning out my closets. I started to get rid of clothes that did not fit. I donated over 80 items to friends and Goodwill. I also started throwing away old cards, letters, and keepsakes that were no longer worth saving. I still have a long way to go but this was a great start!

  • Find more fun
  • Act more energetic
  • Make time for friends
  • Be silly, be generous, be spontaneous
  • Smile more

This is just the beginning of a new journey towards increased daily happiness. Have you read The Happiness Project? What stood out most for you? If you’ve started your own version of a Happiness project I would love to hear more about it!


International Badge Day 2014

I proudly wear my badge today for International Badge Day 2014 and celebrate with my Greek brothers and sisters!

International Badge Day Logo

My Kappa Delta Sorority badge symbolizes many things, but most of all it symbolizes family. I am lucky enough to have my Nana’s badge (Sigma Gamma – Kansas State) and it is most often the badge I choose to wear. Not only is it gorgeous, but it gives an even bigger meaning to wearing my letters on my heart. I also share my Kappa Delta sisterhood with my aunt Susie (Beta Chi – UNC Chapel Hill) and my mom (Epsilon Epsilon – Appalachian State). My badge symbolizes my blood family and the family I gained through sisterhood. I do not know where I would be without the support of my Ladybug family.

Kappa Delta women with KD hands

photo by Carrie Richardson Fry

My Kappa Delta badge symbolizes new beginnings. It represents the beginning of the Eta Upsilon Chapter at NC State. The founding of this chapter resulted in the founding of many more events and traditions. My badge also represents challenge, change, tradition, and success. Kappa Delta has helped me achieve many goals and dreams, supported my finances with a graduate scholarship, all while setting me up for future success.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” – Henry David Thoreau

The Rivalry

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen a few tweets about the State-Carolina basketball game in Raleigh at the PNC arena last Wednesday.

NCSU students with Ramses

Gotta love rivalries :)

It’s no secret that I am a huge NC State fan. I grew up wearing red & white and cheering loud for the Wolfpack. Living in Georgia has taught me to appreciate the ACC basketball country that I grew up in. Have you lived in North Carolina? Then you might know what I am talking about…

In North Carolina, everyone has a favorite team.

Duke?! UNC Chapel Hill (Carolina)?! NC State?! ….and even sometimes Wake Forest!

In elementary, middle, and high schools the Big Four schools are represented by students in class. There may be a few Wake fans but it is mostly Duke/NCSU/UNC. Everyone cheers for a team either because their parents went there, because their parents cheer for that team, or because it is the team that is winning at the time (fair-weather fans).

You may hear people (UNC fans) say “Not our rival” about NCSU-UNC (and Duke-UNC gets national attention)…but I honestly believe that in North Carolina the “State-Carolina” is the real rivalry. Why else do you think there are schoolyard rhymes such as “Duke is puke, Wake is fake, the team I hate is NC State” or “Can’t go to heaven in a red canoe cause God’s favorite color is Carolina blue”?

In North Carolina…

  • March is a special month for students because teachers play the ACC Basketball tournament in class.
  • Children/families/adults/college students joke about the opposing team on a constant basis.
  • The games are often exciting, close down to the wire, and heartbreaking for one side of the rivalry. (And yes, I know NCSU has been struggling to get back to their level of basketball success since before I was born…)

It is fun to chat with friends and fans of opposing teams about the games (all in good fun). Sometimes people take rivalries too far, but I would not give up my experience growing up on Tobacco Rd for anything. North Carolina is a wonderful place to be! (I hope to move back there after graduation). If you move to NC be ready to be immersed in one of the most exciting, most intense college basketball rivalries in the country.

“…there must always be one true believer. And I told the kids that something good would happen for us someday. Of course, I thought it meant beating Carolina or something.” Jim Valvano


Who painted this Raleigh mural?

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I love this beautiful design that used to be on Hillsborough St in Raleigh, NC. Unfortunately, it had to be painted over for the (also cool) Nehi Bottling Plant building historic renovation.

Do you know who painted this design? If so, please get in contact with me!





Update: 3 minutes after publishing this post, one of my Twitter followers notified me that Sonja Henry is the creator of the Raleigh design. Thanks friends! The power of Twitter :)